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10pc increase in numbers

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SAVE the Children Fiji (SC Fiji) witnessed a 10 per cent increase in the number of children who enrolled for their Vuli Taumada Shishak (VTS) project last year.

Of the 42 project-supported Early Childhood Education (ECE) centres across the country, a total of 786 children enrolled — an increase from the initial 708 at the beginning of the year.

In a statement, the organisation said this was an indication that the project was progressing well over the initial 10 months of implementation.

VTS project manager Barbara Ratabacaca said the positive outcome was the result of many combined efforts.

"Project staff are regularly reminded of project targets and work with the ECE community teachers, committees and the communities to achieve this," she said.

"We work through the existing social structure that are in the communities and get involved in community meeting at least once a month."

Ms Ratabacaca said SC Fiji ECE educators and project officers focused on achieving project targets through capacity-building of teachers and committees, meetings and community awareness.